Reagan Mae J.
Born January 21, 2013 at 7:14 AM
7 lbs 1 oz; 20 in
The day of your birth was very special. Mommy and Daddy had been highly anticipating your arrival for months, and Mommy knew that this was the last time she would experience this wonderful event. That first cry, my first look at you, and all of those special "first" moments were quickly approaching, and it would be the last time.
Mommy and Daddy arrived at the hospital at 5:00 A.M. for the scheduled c-section. When we arrived, we went up to Labor and Delivery, and they buzzed us in. Immediately, Mommy had to change into the hospital gown that would become my outfit for the next few days. After that, the nurse came in with a student and they attempted to get my IV started. It took 5 tries, but eventually they got it going. I was trying to be upbeat and joking around with both the nurses and your dad, but each time I got poked, it really hurt! I just kept reminding myself it was all for a good reason.
After the IV was in, the nurse filled out all of the paperwork and hooked me up to the monitors to keep tabs on you until it was time for your arrival. Your heartbeat bounced all over the place; anywhere from 162 beats per minute down to 122 beats per minute. You were moving all over, and that is one thing I will definitely miss the most. Once paperwork was filled out and Daddy had changed his clothes, we hung out and watched a bit of a movie.
Shortly after 6:00 A.M., people started coming in. The anesthesiologist came in to talk to me, Grandma and Grandpa Burnham came in with Cameron and Great-Grandma Rock, and several nurses were in and out doing final preparations. That last hour went quickly, and then it was time to go!
I was wheeled into the operating room without your dad at 7:00 A.M. Once I was in there, they administered the spinal, which took effect almost immediately, and put in my catheter. Then they laid me down, got your Daddy, and began the surgery.
At 7:14 A.M. we heard that first beautiful cry, and the doctor said, "It;s A Girl!" Mommy was so happy!! I asked Daddy to go take pictures of you, and while he was there the doctors finished my c-section. The nurse kept saying, "Oh my goodness. She's adorable!" I asked Daddy if you were big or little. The nurse brought you around to see me, and you were so tiny! I also noticed you had a head full of dark hair! I'm secretly hoping it stays dark, but I'm sure you'll end up with red hair like the rest of your siblings
The next three days in the hospital went fairly well. I was up moving around about 8 hours after you were born, and aside from a few moments of pain near the incision, I felt great! The pediatrician came in every day to check on you, and while talking with Mommy and Daddy he mentioned the word jaundice several times. The day we were set to come home, they decided to check your levels. Mommy was afraid. If your level was too high, you wouldn't be allowed to come home with us. After about 2 hours, we found out that your level was okay and that we were able to take you home with us. They spent information about jaundice with us, and Mommy has been keeping a close eye on you. You still show some signs, so hopefully it will clear up soon!
Overall, I'm so happy with how the delivery and everything went. You arrived safe and sound, and now we get to watch you grow and interact with your siblings. I'm so thankful that you were brought into our lives, and cannot wait to watch what you do with yours.